His adversaries know him as the Baba Yaga, but moviegoers know him best as John Wick, and his latest film, John Wick: Chapter 4, is available to own on disc and stream digitally.
John Wick: Chapter 4 clocked in at a colossal 2 hours and 49 minutes, making it the longest-running film of the series thus far. But despite the long runtime, there’s still a rumor of an extended cut on the horizon, with director Chad Stahelski confirming to ComicBookMovie.com that the new version could add another 10-15 minutes to the movie.
“I’ve been working on the Director’s Cut, the extended cut, which we’ve almost finished. There’s about another, I think, 10 to 15 minutes we put back in,” Stahelski said. “We cut out a big chunk of Berlin, a whole character called The Frau, which is a pretty funny scene with John, and another scene between him and Tracker, a few other little action beats that we put back in.”
Stahelski also spoke about the runtime of the theatrical cut and how those certain bits found their way to the cutting room floor.
There’s always stuff we take out because it doesn’t fit the pacing. I think the stuff is all super quality, I love the [choreography], I love the characters. It just didn’t — as a whole, it changed the pace of the film, and I didn’t think I could get [a] two-hour-and-38-minute film in there if it felt slow. I think we got away with it because it felt driven, it felt like it was very purposeful, and I didn’t want to upset that pace. And, if it has to go, it has to go.
The nature of the release for the extended version is currently unknown, but a theatrical release for the extended edition doesn’t seem to be entirely out of the question.
John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, and Laurence Fishburne, is now available on disc and streaming.